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by News Editor

eLearning is a visual experience, and to take full advantage of it you need arresting graphics and solid visual design. If you’re not an expert, don’t lose hope! The eLearning Guild’s new eBook, 61 Tips for Making Learning Memorable with Graphics and Visual Design, can help.

News   |   September 23, 2014
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by Jane Bozarth

Needs assessment is critical to success in instructional design, but it is often left out for no good reason. (Expediency is not a sufficient excuse.) Here are a baker’s dozen of questions to ask.

Column   |   September 2, 2014
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by Joe Ganci

What does a veteran developer and reviewer of authoring tools learn over the years? Joe shares some of his lessons learned, about vendors and developers, about complacency, and about the right questions to ask when choosing authoring tools. Read this to benefit from Joe’s insights and experience!

Review   |   August 26, 2014
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by Bill Brandon

Content—text, video, images, audio, links, blogs, websites—is everything on the web, including eLearning. This mass of content contains much that is useful to you professionally (when you can find it), and much that is frankly pretty sketchy. Learning Solutions Magazine is a free, organized island of useful professional information in this sea, and you should subscribe to it! Here’s why.

Spotlight   |   August 20, 2014
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by Marc Rosenberg

We hear a lot about giving the learner something to do through interactivity and we hear a lot about engaging the learner. They are not the same thing. Interactivity does not necessarily create engagement, and engagement does not necessarily require overt interactivity. Learn about the difference here, and about the “Four T’s of Engagement.”

Column   |   August 12, 2014
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by Joe Ganci

Adobe Presenter 10 is a video tool that offers many new and improved features, including the ability to publish to HTML5, and to deliver HD quality video to any device. Is it worth licensing? Find out here!

Review   |   July 22, 2014
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by Art Kohn

Much of what we communicate in eLearning and other kinds of teaching relies on the written word. Many instructional designers worry that learners may be poor readers and so try to “write down to their level.” Is this the right approach? Is reading ability even a problem? Or is the problem our approach to writing? Here are some guidelines that may surprise you.

Column   |   July 17, 2014
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by Walter Murphy

Learners prefer facilitated training—the personal touch. Adopting a persona when writing content can help an instructional designer make self-directed eLearning more personable. Create a persona whose voice your learners will respond to, whether as colleague or as guide!

Tip   |   July 16, 2014
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by Lisa Russell

Words are a pillar of good design, and like any other part of the designer’s job, it takes work to make them effective. But the work need not be drudgery. You have an excellent laborsaving tool at your command, and in this article you will find great suggestions for using it!

Feature   |   July 14, 2014
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by News Editor

The edTotal Learning Record Store (LRS) enables organizations to post courses, videos, and any training content anywhere on the web from any mobile device and to securely track and store learner activity. With the edTotal LRS, content is untethered, housed anywhere outside the LRS or LMS, and tracked in the edTotal LRS.

News   |   July 9, 2014
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